U.S. Attorney Neronha promotes efforts to keep ex-convicts out of prison
June 16, 2011 - 11:37am

By John Hill

PROVIDENCE — Most of the time, as the federal government’s chief prosecutor for Rhode Island, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha spends his day trying to put criminals in prison. Wednesday, he was talking about how to keep them from returning.

Neronha and his staff were in Providence and Cranston talking about efforts by state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit social-service groups and churches that were working to help newly released prison inmates adjust to life after incarceration.

New York Times Opinion Piece: For Ex-Prisoners, a Haven Away From the Streets
June 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

By Tina Rosenberg

This year, the United States will release nearly three-quarters of a million people from prison, a record high. Nationally, 2.3 million people are in prison in the United States, and 95 percent of them will, at some point, get out and go home.

The Fortune Academy in West Harlem.

For former inmates, mentors make a difference
April 3, 2011 - 9:59pm

By John Hill

Most programs that try to prevent released inmates from going back to prison involve probation officers, job-training classes and counseling visits. But on Wednesday night at the Broad Street offices of OpenDoors this month, it was pizza, backgammon and a book club.

Lynch Now Favors Expungement for Some Criminals
April 8, 2010 - 11:09am

by Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — In a sharp turnaround, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is now backing the early expungement of the case files of an entire class of admitted criminals, regardless of what they did.

Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Unveiled in R.I. Senate
April 8, 2010 - 10:35am

Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The chairman of the special legislative commission that recommended the decriminalization of marijuana in Rhode Island has introduced a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of the drug by an adult a civil offense, punishable by a $150 fine.

Senate Commission Recommends Decriminalization of Marijuana
March 17, 2010 - 12:16pm

By Katherine Gregg

Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state Senate commission has recommended the decriminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana.

Employment Program Graduates Find Jobs Despite Recession
March 10, 2010 - 5:41pm

by Jesse Capece

The Employment Program at OpenDoors began in the first week of May in 2009.  In its new format the Employment Program offers a number of seminars and workshops designed to give formerly incarcerated men and women the tools, tips, skills, and knowledge that they need in order to be able secure employment.  The seminars and workshops are held over the course of four separate days.

OpenDoors Secures Financing for Supportive Housing Project
March 10, 2010 - 5:37pm

by Annelise Grimm

With support from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, OpenDoors Housing LLC has purchased a building at 485 Plainfield Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence to be converted to subsidized green section 8 housing units. Upon completion, the building will provide housing for clients, as well as program and office space.

Projo: Senate panel may urge decriminalizing marijuana possession
March 4, 2010 - 11:29am

01:00 AM EST on Monday, March 1, 2010

By KATHERINE GREGG
Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — When it wraps up its 3 1/2-month inquiry later this week, a Senate panel is expected to recommend decriminalizing possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.

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